Media Release: The Kandy Bar of Saltcoats crowned World Scotch Pie Champion for the second time


HAVING taken the title in 2013, the Scotch Pie Club is delighted to announce that the winner of the 17th World Scotch Pie Championship is The Kandy Bar of Saltcoats making them THE WORLD SCOTCH PIE CHAMPION OF 2016.

  • Over 500 products were entered this year
  • By nearly 100 of the nation’s best butchers and bakers
  • Judged by 50 experts, and football legend, Jim Leishman
  • Ten category winners selected
  • But only ONE World Champion Scotch Pie

Following the busiest judging day ever with a record entry of 100 butchers and bakers entering over 500 pies, pasties, sausage rolls, bridies, savouries and apple pies into the competition and with some 300 hopefuls attending the awards luncheon in Cumbernauld, The Kandy Bar of Saltcoats can truly be proud to have produced the best Scotch Pie in the land.

Stephen McAllister, who owns and runs The Kandy Bar with his wife, Rona, and their dedicated team, said: “To win again, I cannot believe it!

“To have been given the ultimate accolade today and once again to be able to call our pie the WORLD CHAMPION as judged by a panel of experts is just fantastic.

“This award is proof that The Kandy Bar team is the best in the land. I am really looking forward to the year ahead and to selling more of our winning pies than ever.”

TV presenter and entrepreneur, Carol Smillie, who presented Stephen with his award, said: “I had a feeling Stephen would be ‘over the moon’ but even I couldn’t have prepared myself for the sheer elation.

“He knows what this win will mean for his business and I really do congratulate him for taking the title once again.”

Says head judge, Ian Nelson, who oversaw the judging process to ensure only the best pies were recognised and that only the best of the best was crowned world champion: “The competition, which has run for 17 years, aims to highlight that bakers and butchers create high quality artisan pastry products.

“Recognising the ‘great and the good’ in this way rewards excellence and raises the bar in the industry.”

Alan Clarke, of Scottish Bakers, said: “Once again we have brought together the best pies and baked goods in the land and today we can really celebrate the achievement of our hard working butchers and bakers.

“My heartfelt congratulations go to our winner, and, indeed, everyone today taking away a prize; they are all winners in my book.”

The competition is supported by Scottish Bakers which actively supports and promotes bakers and butchers in Scotland by encouraging and sharing best practise.

Thanks go to Bako Northern and Scotland who have sponsored the competition.

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